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>> whoa, hold on. >> an active duty member of the u.s. army pulled over by police. what happened next caught on body camera and now going viral. that lieutenant now suing for excessive force. >> you call some of these members political terrorists. >> oh, yeah. jim jordan especially. my colleague from ohio. >> former republican house speaker jim boehner skewering jim comey jordan and ted cruz airing on cbs. >> sort of like the wright brothers on mars. nasa preparing for the first flight test of the ingenuity helicopter. it is said to be the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet. except for those alien aircrafts which we know do exist and have been flown for years and years. >> okay. >> we do say good morning. the truth is out there. >> there actually is a swatch
from the wright brothers original plane loaned from the museum. >> on board? very cool. very synergistic. >> good morning to you. we have a team of reporters and analysts following the latest for you. former president trump spoke to a gathering of gop officials and donors preparing to chart a path for the party with him in it. >> nbc's ali vitale i is in palm beach with more. >> reporter: lindsey and ken, republicans and lawmakers alike flocking to florida and going to trump's mar-a-lago club last night, they heard from the former president there himself. while these rnc spring meetings are behind closed doors, they're typically a chance for the party to chart a path forward. the republican party right now is grappling with what the path forward looks like in the mind of donald trump. and it seems, according to reports, that his mind is still squarely on the results of the 2020 election, which he falsely
claims he won, and he's still attacking other republicans who have either spoken against that or criticized him for the role that he played in fomenting that january 6th insurrection on capitol hill. and while it's not necessarily a new theme to hear him going after republicans, it's notable that he would say it even still behind closed doors. this speech clearly hughed more closely to the public speech he gave last month at the conservative cpac gathering where he did speak about wanting to remain in the republican party and to be a big member of this party going forward. at the same time, it's clear the political vendettas are not going anywhere, including against senate minority leader mitch mcconnell who was in trump's sights last night according to reports. and it's, again, notable to hear him say this behind closed doors, especially because republicans both in the house and senate have one job going forward over the course of the next 18 months, and it's to re-take majorities in both of those bodies of congress.
that is the goal, and republicans, donors and operatives alike that i talked to, the big question is, is trump going to help in that effort or is he going to hurt? the ways he can help is by endorsing candidates who are incumbents, especially in seats that could be competitive going forward. we've already seen his office, 45th office of the president, begin rolling out endorsements this week. they're also putting up merchandising on their website. clear that they're ramping up to play a role in the midterms, and lawmakers who have met with the former president say that is exactly what he hopes to do. where that becomes tricky is if the efforts that trump wants to put forward go against the grain of what the party apparatuses are wanting to do. for instance, supporting incumbents that may have not spoken or walked in lockstep with donald trump. when margins are this thin in congress, every seat, every race counts. those who are responsible for re-taking the majorities know that. those donors who are putting their money behind those efforts
know that. now it's a question of if trump is going to work with the party or work against it. given these reports of the comments that he made last night, it seems like the political vendettas are very much still on the table, but he's going to be active in this republican party. guys? >> i think he likes being active in the party. nbc's ali vitale in palm beach. our thanks to her. the in fighting is fascinating. let's get more on it from susan del persio, msnbc political analyst. good morning to you. last month i recall trump sent a cease and desist letter insisting they stop using his name and likeness to fund raise money. now he's the party's headliner. how does this square up? >> because donald trump is not doing anything for the rnc or for any of these primary candidates. he's doing things for himself. that's all he cares about. whatever lines up in his best interest is what he's promoting. this really has nothing to do with the direction of the party.
it has to deal with the direction of donald trump and where he thinks he can raise money, and how he can still have a platform because we know he needs, you know, attention like most people need oxygen. >> let's talk money, susan. "the new york times" points out that trump has quickly built a political war chest that rivals that of the rnc and an adviser to trump said he currently has about $85 million on hand. that's compared with $84 million for the rnc. is this why the party can't quit him? >> it's exactly right, lindsey. because they kind of feed off of each other. the rnc knows that if they're going to continue with their small party donations, they need donald trump. as far as large party donations, they'll still get those to a certain extent. as a matter of fact, with donald trump and his enemies list going against mitch mcconnell and some incumbents, that will actually help the rnc and the leaders mcconnell and mccarthy raise money within their own groups.
but those small dollar donors are the heart and soul of the political fund-raising operation for both donald trump and the rnc. >> so, there is something i found interesting. the hill newspaper reports the closed door event mostly took place at the four seasons resort in palm beach, supposedly a real four seasons, not four seasons landscaping or anything. however, guests were then shuttled over to trump's mar-a-lago resort just to hear him speak. what do you make of that? >> trump wanted to make some cash off of the rnc. it's easy. they had to pay to use the facility. they don't get it for free. so why not have them come to me? he also likes that. of course, i'm going to have all these republicans come to me because, in his mind, he is the leader of the party. he may even still think he's president, but, you know, that's his delusional side. >> it's where the money reside, where the money reside. >> let's talk about house speaker boehner because he's been quite vocal in the last couple of weeks. he's slamming two trump
loyalists, senator cruz and congressman jim jordan in an interview with cbs news. here's what he said about one of them. >> you call some of these members political terrorists. >> oh, yeah, jim jordan especially, my colleague from ohio. i just never saw a guy who spent more time tearing things apart, never building anything, never put anything together. >> do people like boehner who might be considered, quote-unquote, traditional republican still have any sway in the party? >> no. i mean, this boehner story is very entertaining. it's great for someone like me to hear it. it does read like more of a novel than calling out someone at the time. so it's nice that boehner has these reflections, and i happen to agree with him. much of the ted cruzzes and the jim jordans are just out there to make names for themselves and tear things down. they have no interest in governance. but, you know, it doesn't go
further than that. >> all right. susan del percio, thanks for waking up with us this morning. >> it will be interesting to see him tuesday. he's going to have an interview with "morning joe" here on msnbc. susan, thanks. the state is expected to rest its case in the derek chauvin murder trial as early as next week. when week three of the testimony gets underway, the spotlight will then turn to the defense amid big questions over whether chauvin will take the witness stand himself. msnbc correspondent megan fitzgerald is following the trial. she joins us right now from minneapolis. megan, good morning to you. they seem to be quite quickly along into the third week. many said this trial would last just about a month. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. it is moving along and so as you mentioned, we expect the defense to present its case sometime early next week. and when they do, we know they're going to be calling a number of witnesses, including a long-time medical examiner from the state of maryland. what we are expecting the defense to do here is to use
this expert to try and convince the jury, to sow doubt and convince them that george floyd died from an overdose and preexisting conditions. but last week the prosecution certainly knocked that theory down. they brought in medical expert after medical expert who testified that george floyd died from the actions of law enforcement officers. i want you to listen to some of the testimony in court from last week. >> there is no evidence to suggest he would have died that night, except for the interactions with law enforcement. >> mr. floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain. >> reporter: now, before the prosecution ends its case, rests its case early next week, we are expecting them to call at least one more medical expert. but keep in mind, guys, at this point the prosecution has called 35 witnesses to try and make their case. guys?
>> all right, meagan fitzgerald joining us from minneapolis. thank you. >> a joint investigation between nbc news and its volunteers is analyzing thousands of videos from january 6 th. the goal is to pinpoint the time and location of those who participated in the attack. nbc news chief correspondent richard engel is part of the investigation. richard, good to see you. we get a visual time line with forensic accuracy here of how these events unfolded based on information you've come across. >> reporter: so, this was a joint investigation we did with bellingcat. there were quite a few people involved in this with the team on our side, the team on their side, their volunteers. we're talking a couple dozen people at least working for a month. and we went through a lot of user-generated video taken by the rioters themselves. they had cell phones. they were proud of what they were doing. they were documenting it for posterity for their friends. a lot of that is being used now
as evidence against some of them and it was very helpful for us to understand what happened. but also intercepted audio, police audio. and we laid it all out and put it in chronological order. and by doing that, we were able to understand what are the key moments, inflection points when things could have changed. and we identified about a dozen of those. and then several ring leaders, people who weren't necessarily guiding the whole process, but whose stories were emblematic or representative of the larger. one of those people was jessica watkins. a group forms a stack. a military formation used to enter and clear buildings. in the stack is jessica watkins. 38-year-old jessica watkins
served in the army and deployed to afghanistan. watkins is a transgender woman, and according to her own account, she received an other than honorable discharge when the army determined her presenting as a female was unacceptable. she ran a bar in ohio with her boyfriend. earlier on january 6th, she'd been at president trump's save america rally. providing security, she claims. with the group called the oath keepers, a militia largely made up of former military and police. as watkins walks from trump's rally by the white house to the capitol, she speaks on a walkie-talkie app on her phone. the conversation suggests advanced planning. >> what kind of numbers do we have going to the capitol? any estimates? what percentage of the crowd is going to the capitol?
>> 100%. everybody's marching on the capitol, all million of us. it's insane. we're about two blocks away from it now, and police are doing nothing. they're not even trying to stop us at this point. >> reporter: jessica watkins is still being held behind bars. she's one of 400 people, more than 400 people who have been charged with offenses related to the capitol assault. i think the best way to understand what we did is we tried to create an image through these mosaic-like bits of information, and that's going to air this sunday at 10:00 on msnbc. hopefully people will find it revealing. >> revealing and captivating. i could watch hours of that. richard engel, thank you. we can watch his report tonight on assignment with richard engel, "our house" airs at 10:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc. racing against a fourth wave. >> covid cases are climbing as the government feels the pinch to distribute vaccines.
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we're back now with some of the main covid headlines that we're following this morning. hospitalizations are soaring in much of the midwest, with covid-19 infections approaching new highs not seen since last fall. i.c.u. beds are rapidly filling up in states like michigan. positive cases are rising in minnesota, recording its highest single-day caseload since january. and illinois is also experiencing a resurgence, reporting about 4,000 new cases friday, the most it's seen since the start of the year >> vaccination campaigns aimed at black communities across the u.s. are finally making headway. a new a.p. poll found black american adults are more open to getting vaccinated. only about 24% of adults polled say they probably are definitely would not get the shot and that's down from 41% in january. >> and new hampshire and
oklahoma say they are opening up vaccine eligibility to outside residents. officials in both states say they have enough vaccine supply to offer shots to people in neighboring states. about 47% of people in new hampshire have received at least one shot. the highest of any state in oklahoma in the meantime, it's about 35%. >> now, that troubling surge we mentioned is putting more pressure on the federal government to dole out more vaccines to prevent a fourth wave. five states -- new york, michigan, florida, pennsylvania and new jersey -- now account for nearly half of all new infections in the u.s. alone. msnbc's cori coffin is live in north jersey which reported 4,000 new cases in the last 24 hours. cori, last week i spoke to a superintendent there in new jersey who said this is preventing us from reopening and getting kids back into class. >> reporter: yeah, not only are we seeing schools not able to reopen, lindsey, we're seeing schools that had been opened for months that had been doing really well have to reclose because these cases are surging
in these communities. to give an example, of the hospital where we're at, they are reporting the most hospitalizations they have seen since the second wave. we're talking more than six months here. and most they have seen. there are several factors that epidemiologists believe are contributing to the rise in these five states in particular, right, because we have 44% of cases in these five states. but there's only 22% of the population. so one of the issues is, of course, spring break travel which we've covered extensively, but epidemiologists are looking at the u.k. variant, very fast-moving. they believe that's partly driving the surge here. new jersey's governor phil murphy sat down with lester holt to talk about what's happening in the state. let's listen in. >> we rank highly unfortunately. densest state in america. densest region in america. a cold weather winter state, multi-generational families. we know that you're fatigued. we know you're sick of this, but please, god, keep doing the
basic stuff. get vaccinated. get tested if you need to be. >> reporter: all right. on the vaccine note, new jersey is opening up vaccinations april 19th to all adults following several other states that have already done that. but let's talk about the vaccinations. more and more states asking the federal government for more of a supply. they're trying to up their supply. we know that michigan, which is seeing the highest surge in the nation right now, did get more in emergency extra doses of 60,000. but for the most part, the white house says they want to keep their plans the same, which is going based on population density as new jersey's governor phil murphy mentioned. instead of spiking cases. they feel otherwise if they're going to follow the spiking cases in each state, they feel it's going to be chasing it after the fact. that is also something that could be the case for the fourth wave. epidemiologists say even though vaccinations will help bring that fourth wave down, we might already be in it and might be
too late. >> such a reminder we all want to get out there. we all want to get back to normal life. we are not there yet. cori coffin, thank you. >> still ahead, we tackle what lies ahead this week in the chauvin murder trial. in the meantime, the fallout from this body camera video of an army lieutenant being pepper sprayed. >> i didn't do any -- >> back up. >> whoa, hold on. what's going -- hold on. >> our civil rights attorney breaks down the encounter and the lieutenant's lawsuit against the officers. it against the officers ing about freedom i. freedom has no limits. there's no such thing as too many adventures... or too many unforgettable moments. there will never be too many stories to write... or too many memories to make. but when it comes to a vehicle that will be there for it all. there's only one. jeep.
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vet -- i'm actively serving -- >> can you please talk to me about what's going on? why am i being treated like this? >> while the lieutenant is now suing both officers for excessive force and lieutenant nazario was not charged and nbc news has reached out to the officers to try to get a comment and have not heard back from them as yet. joining us now is former prosecutor and civil rights attorney kristen gibbons fedden. thank you for being here. walk us through the video. i watched all of it, at least what's available online. it is difficult to watch in parts. what would have helped build a case against the officer in this video? >> well, you know, what we have here is an active duty lieutenant in the army, scared out of his mind that he's about to get shot by a police officer in a b.p. gas station. and when he expresses his fear to the officer, he's told that he should be scared.
that's disgusting. lieutenant nazario is also told that he's going to ride the lightning, and referred to a sun, historically loaded term. a reference to an electric chair or taser. but it doesn't matter. it's a threat and it's not issued in any way meant to de-escalate the situation. you know, this is a case study on how not to de-escalate a situation by the police officer. this was daunting. it was an escalation of force without warning. there were contradictory instructions provided. and there were drawn firearms. it's a huge mess. there's more video and there's other audio available to the courts, right. lieutenant nazario's phone recorded over 30 minutes and officer crocker's, the other officer's body cam ran for over 20 minutes. we need more information regarding the audio and/or the video discussions taking place. after the time ended in the released video --
>> okay, kristen, let me get to a couple things quickly with this. he's suing them. among the claims is that they violated his civil rights. did they? how? >> well, in multiple ways, right. so, they have -- you know, when you look at the wider sense of this, how minuscule the underlying cause of the police action. the suspected lack of tacks. did it warrant this? it goes back to the de-escalation. when you have a seizure of the person because he's now stopped, he's now being detained. whether he's in his car or not, he is still being seized. he is not allowed to leave that scene. and now he has weapons drawn to his head and he is given inconsistent orders. how is he ever to comply with his hands out the window to unbuckle his seat belt and to unlock his car door in order to get out. so those inconsistencies prevent him from being able to comply
and they are holding him, detaining him, ultimately handcuffed him but didn't even arrest him. so was there even probable cause? likely not. >> what do you think instances like this such as lieutenant nazario's arrest and the death of george floyd, tell us about policing in this day and age in our country. >> yeah, you know, and again, i think for both cases, it really boils down to de-escalation and use of judgment. here you had an individual, lieutenant nazario, who was, you know, he stopped. he was for all intents and purposes trying to de-escalate the situation. similarly, george floyd, you know. when he was first stopped, there were weapons drawn to his head. he said, please, he put his hands up. these are people who are trying to comply with police orders, and giving very clear directives to the police officer about their apprehensions of being arrested. it is those de-escalation
methods if well trained would tell a police officer, okay, sit him up. okay, talk to the individual. for example, george floyd, they could have sat him up, allowed him to calm down and then talk to him about claustrophobia or try to call the officers or some type of social worker to come to the scene to assist with the arrest of mr. floyd. instead, they tried to shove him into the car, pulled him out and then eventually put him in a prone position, handcuffed him, put him outside with his face smashed and a knee in his neck. >> kristen, quickly here, because i posed this question the last hour saying, what if i was that guy, what would i have done. you have some young kids. this is a learning lesson for many, many kids. if your child is in that vehicle as an adult, driving the vehicle, and you're told to put 'hands outside, to unbuckle your seat belt, to get out of the car by these police officers, what are you supposed to do? >> yeah, great question. you know, this was something
that at the national black prosecutors association me and several of my other colleagues talked about. and this was many, many years ago. you know, one of the things we always talk about is comply, get home, complain, right? put your hands up and say, very loud and clear, you know -- one of the things i think that nay -- again, i don't really think lieutenant nazario did anything wrong at this point from what i saw. one of the things that would have been helpful is when he was on that minute and a half route over to the bp police station, call 911 and say, hey, i'm being stopped by the police and being led to a well lit area. that could have had police dispatched so they would know this was not a felony evading arrest. or put your hands up and try to comply as much as he can, which is what he did. >> he tried to follow put your hands up, unbuckle the seat belt, open the door.
i don't know that we have that many hands. we'll start with compliance. kristen, thank you. >> thank you. >> president biden trying to rally support for his american jobs plan, but he may have a problem. a member of his caucus flexing his own legislative muscle. and coming up on the sunday show, former senate majority leader harry reid on the growing battle over the filibuster and what it means for president biden's agenda. that's on the sunday show with jonathan capehart at 10:00 a.m. m
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turning now to the day's other big headlines, a big win for police reform advocates in maryland. now the first state to repeal a powerful police bill of rights. overriding governor larry hogan's veto in the process. the new procedure hands down punishments for officers accused of wrongdoing, and it also implements a new statewide use of force policy which criminalizes the excessive use of force, mandates body camera use and restricts no knock warrants. >> several volcanic explosions rocking the island of st. vincent. sending ash plume thousands of feet in the air. there were no immediate reports of casualties. the last time this volcano erupted was in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1600 people. >> we continue to monitor the situation out of hawaii where a lockdown is still in effect at a
resort in honolulu after an armed man barricaded himself in his room. and reportedly shot through the door. hundreds of guests and employees are sheltering in place right now. a law enforcement official says police are waiting for the man to come out of the room. so far no reports of any injuries. >> the $2 trillion price tag on president biden's infrastructure proposal has many from across the aisle pushing back, but it's not just republicans. democratic senator joe manchin remaining defiant as the president opens the door literally to bipartisan negotiations tomorrow. he's hosting a group of democratic and republican lawmakers to work on the package. his administration is sort of pitching it as a massive jobs creator. nbc's monica alba is at the white house for us. monica, good morning. what do they hope to actually accomplish in tomorrow's meeting? they've had these sort of bipartisan meetings before. nothing came of it. >> reporter: that's right. they are starting face to face negotiations in earn he felt. this is different from the covid
relief bill in several ways. the biden white house is a bit more open, it seems, to hearing from gop lawmakers in terms of their ideas for how to pay for this giant $2.2 trillion infrastructure bill. that's different from the american rescue plan because, remember, the president said at the outset of that, he was going to get that passed no ifs, ands or buts and even if democrats had to go it alone. he was comfortable with that because he wanted to deliver that to the american people. he's taking a slightly different approach to infrastructure because he is saying he's willing to find some common ground and it's possible that this package could shrink, it could be -- take a different form, a second phase of it. this is something the white house said they're going to take more time to decide. there is a bit more of a legislative runway here. but one of the absolute wild cards is senator joe manchin of west virginia, a moderate who has really come out against using budget reconciliation again, which is the process that wouldn't require republican votes in order to try to get something passed.
so even within the own democratic party, the president is facing what there isn't guaranteed agreement. they need 10 gop votes in order to think about trying to get something across the finish line. and given the republican opposition right now to adding to the debt and simply to really raising these corporate tax rates and these hikes, it's really going to be difficult to see where that is. and the president has tasked five cabinet secretaries with leading some of the outreach and so far they say they haven't heard anything convincing from republicans about where there is room to compromise. so it seems that corporate tax rate is going to be one of the first places instead of 28%, it seems the biden white house and republicans could hammer out something closer to 25%. candace and lindsey. >> monica, thanks for the update. >> we are learning more this morning about the little boy who was found terrified and alone by border patrol agents near the
texas/mexico border. apparently his family now says he was kidnapped and left for ransom. of blayne alexander reports. >> reporter: by now the world has seen this young frightened face. lost, pleading for help, this 10-year-old boy approaches a border patrol agent near the texas/mexico border. i was with a group of people and they left me, he says. now we are learning more about his terrifying journey. in an interview with telemundo, the boy's uncle who lives in florida says young wilson and his mother were making the trek from nicaragua to the u.s./mexico border. he tells telemundo that the two made it into the u.s., but were deported and kidnapped once back in mexico. i got a ransom message, he says, adding that the family could only get together $5,000, enough money to free the boy. his mother, he says, still held captive.
their frightening saga gives a small glimpse into the growing immigration crisis facing the biden administration, which changed policy to allow unaccompanied minors to stay in the u.s. all of it leading to an influx of migrants at the border. the young boy is now in u.s. custody, officials say, as his family both here and abroad continue to hope for good news. blayne alexander, nbc news. >> thanks to blayne alexander. that story just gets worse as you hear more about it. >> absolutely heartbreaking. in less than a week the world will say their final farewells to prince philip. new details on the funeral plans and who will be there and who won't be. >> a new letter signed by 140 former officials urging congress to establish a 911-style commission to investigate the capitol hill attack. the top aide to vice-president mike pence is one of the signatories. her take at 8:00 a.m. eastern
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cars on their sides, and debris scattered for miles. winds were so powerful, a home was dragged several dozen yards. in jackson, heavy rain flooded streets you can see here trapping drivers who tried to get through. >> i got stuck. >> good attitude. in northeast jackson, video shows the roof of a house caving in while people were inside. thankfully everybody was okay. then more extreme weather in northwest florida. winds there damaging more than a dozen homes and injuring one person. >> i can listen to that accent all day. glad he's safe. nasa engineers are gearing up for what has been dubbed a wrights brother moment on the red planet. a 4-pound helicopter will have a
test ride. >> it was originally to take flight today but technical glitches put things on hold. >> for more on what we can expect, when ingenuity takes flight, we turn to ken brandt at nasa. the director of the planetarium in north carolina. good morning! >> good morning. >> good morning. first off, i want to make it clear a nasa volunteer for the solar system ambassador system. i don't work for it. >> i appreciate the upgrade. it says here on your cv from here on out. thank you for the correction. no wonder that look. should we be worried about the delay? they set up at least until april 14th. >> the delay is precisely what should be happening. they were testing the software inside the computer as it was ramping up to running the blades at full speed. going up to, i think, 3500 rpm,
which is pretty fast. they want to make sure there weren't any communications glitches between the motors and the computer itself. and because there was a flight software issue, they had preflight software and flight software in the same loop, apparently. >> oh. >> that caused it to time out and shut the test down. and, of course, the engineers are working hard on the problem, probably, as we speak, to solve it and get ready for what, hopefully, will be wednesday's launch. >> yeah, ken, let's nerd out about the launch. the flight could be as little as 30 seconds here but it is still a big deal. it's a historic flight. tell me about, really, not only what is hoped to be gained here but the elements that ingenuity is up against >>well, it's up against a thin
atmosphere. imagine about three times taller than mount everest. ha what it has to grab with the blades and provide lift to the machine. the other thing you have to contend with, the fact it's solar powered. you can only fly it in the mid afternoon or early afternoon when you have enough time to charge up the battery in the morning and when it's done flying, recharge the battery to run the hearts to prevent it from freezing at all. the harsh cold of the martian night. it's minus 130 degrees farenheit. there are the possibility of an occasional wind gust. but the engineers at jpl who tested it in wind conditions like they expect to experience on this part of mars. >> everything has worked out so beautifully so far. it will be fascinating to see. here is a little bit of a fabric from the wright brothers aircraft that apparently is
attached to the cable under the solar panel. i guess nasa trying to make a connection between this flight and this first flight on another pan -- planet. >> yeah. about the size of a postage stamp from the body of the airplane that the wright brothers flew in 1903. they're bringing a piece of that history to mars to make history on mars. this will be the first time a power humaned flight on another solar system body besides earth. very significant history. >> all right. well, ken brandt, a volunteer with the nasa. we appreciate it. you know, you had way more knowledge than i do on this. no matter what your title is. >> thank you.
>> cue the "x files" music. thank you for watching "msnbc reports." we'll be back at 6:00 a.m. eastern time next weekend. "velshi" starts now. today on "velshi." the trial of derek chauvin is set to enter week three. we've heard of the blue wall of silence. a number of police testified against chauvin, could the wall be crumbling? the texas legislature is hopping on the voter suppression bandwagon with the latest bill heading to the governor's desk. officials say the bill is color blind but it's said to be jim crow in a tuxedo. and reviewing and investigating the capitol riot on january 6th. a former trump administration official joins me live. and nasa about to make history on mars! the helicopter "ingu --
ingenuity" is about to take flight this week. i'm ready to geek out. hope you are, too. "velshi" starts now. good morning. i'm ali velshi. we have a big plate of news this morning. the latest on president biden's goal to get gun violence under control, a live look from guatemala as to why so many migrants are trying to get to the united states, something really cool nasa is doing on mars today, and the nation's most anti-transgender legislation, which is set to go into effect against the wishes of one state's republican governor. we're learning new details regarding the january 6th insurrection. according to a previously undisclosed document prepared by the pentagon for internal use, that was obtained by the associated press and vetted by current and former government officials, as the insurrectionists former pr